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Week #990: MoRE Brewing

Posted by Matt P. on 03.22.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Ryan T.

Restaurant Club: MoRE Brewing
Date: Friday, March 22nd @ 5:30pm for Drunk Club, 6pm for Restaurant Club
Where: 126 S Villa Ave, Villa Park, IL 60181 (Map)
Contact: (630) 501-1519 //
Cuisine: Brewpub / American Traditional (Menu)
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Lots
Parking: Street
Transportation: Brown Line (Western and Rockwell stops)
Good for Kids: Sure hope so
Good for Groups: Sure hope so
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Transportation: You’re probably gonna have to drive…or bike? There’s a nearby path.
Parking: Lot behind the brewery
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 233 Reviews)

Greetings all,

The craft beer world was recently rocked when head brewer Shaun Berns announced he was leaving MoRE Brewing to startup his own brewery (Phase Three). The future of MoRE has now been speculated to be anything from unchanged to imminent failure depending on which mouth-breathing beard-wielding beer nerd you talk to. But we’re smart people and capable of forming our own opinions, so let’s go check it out and see if this place has enough dining power and passed brewing experience to survive. I have actually never eaten here but Sawyer Priest swears by the the Karma Jar, and I’ve heard nothing but good things from other trusted palettes. So come to the WAY OUT suburbs and let’s have some hazy beer, spicy chicken, and stout smothered cake.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON START TIME: They do not accept reservations after 6pm so I made a 5:30pm reservation for 12. They allow you to sit at your table with an incomplete party, so here’s my plan: 5:30pm – 6pm is Drunk Club at the actual table we’ll use for Restaurant Club. At 6pm, Restaurant Club officially starts and we’ll start looking at food menus. Please RSVP to me by NOON FRIDAY so I can adjust our reservation accordingly. Thanks all!

MoRE Brewing

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Week #989: Rainbow Thai Cuisine

Posted by Matt P. on 03.14.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt P.

Restaurant Club: Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Date: Friday, March 15th @ 6pm
Where: 4825 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: (773) 754-7660 //
Cuisine: Thai (Menu)
Price Range: $
Alcohol: No
Parking: Street
Transportation: Brown Line (Western and Rockwell stops)
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 136 Reviews)

Would any of you fine folks like to join the Priests for Restaurant Club tomorrow?

Please let me know by 4pm tomorrow, thanks!

Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Photo by Joe Roy

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19th Anniversary (Week #988) – The Best of the Year: Passerotto

Posted by Matt P. on 03.07.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: The People

Restaurant Club: Passerotto
Date: Friday, March 8th @ 5:30pm
Where: 5420 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: 708-607-2102 //
Cuisine: Korean / Italian
Price Range: $$$
Accepts Bitcoin?: No
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 63 Reviews)

Passerotto has been voted R.C. Best Restaurant for Year 19. Since I initially picked it, and Priest is busy at work, I am sending out the RSVP email. Unfortunately (fortunately?) it is super popular (Bib Gourmand, James Beard, etc). It might be difficult to get a table together for everyone that comes, but the sooner I know, the easier it will be to try to get us reservations. *Please be aware that there is a good chance we will be seated in small groups.

At this time I am guessing reservations will be around 6 to 7pm on March 8 (if not a lot of people come). We might be out of luck if a ton of people come, or again it might be small groups. Please RSVP by tomorrow at 9am (sorry for the short notice).

This is from the initial e-mail I sent about Passerotto:

Passerotto (Italian for “little sparrow”) is a neighborhood Korean restaurant from award-winning chef-owner Jennifer Kim. The food draws on Kim’s Korean heritage: paying homage to the traditional and, occasionally, not-quite-traditional dishes she grew up eating with her family, adding a few minor touches from the Midwest and Central Italy, a nod to the way coastal Italian food has impacted her life.


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Week #987: Red Hot Ranch

Posted by Matt P. on 02.27.19 § Permalink | Comment?

Chooser: Matt L.

Restaurant Club: Red Hot Ranch
Date: Friday, February 22nd @ 6pm
Where: 3057 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 (Map)
Contact: (773) 661-9377 // Facebook
Cuisine: Hot Dogs / Burgers
Price Range: $
Alcohol: No
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? It appears to be cash only.
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 207 Reviews)

Why am I picking a fast food place for RC? There are few reasons:
(1) I want to try their burger, which the Tribune just ranked as the #12 best burger in Chicago;
(2) I dislike making reservations;
(3) It’s inexpensive;
(4) This place is firmly within my Geographic Comfort Zone, and;
(5) Drunk Club at Whole Foods.

Start time will be 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Be there. Or not. But let me know if you’re coming.

Red Hot Ranch

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Week #986: Bacolod Chicken Haus

Posted by Matt P. on 02.19.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #986: Bacolod Chicken Haus

Chooser: Jeremy

Restaurant Club: Bacolod Chicken Haus
Date: Friday, February 22nd @ 6pm
Where: 6320 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste C & D, Chicago, IL 60659 (Map)
Contact: (773) 293-6210 //
Cuisine: Filipino / Wings
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: BYOB
Parking: Street, Private Lot
Good for Kids? Yes
Good for Groups? Yes
Accepts Credit Cards? Yes
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 93 Reviews)

Let’s talk chicken, Philipino chicken to be precise. Marinated in garlic, vinegar, and the citrus fruit calamansi for tang, then grilled up. Atchara, sweet pickled papaya, is a thing. And if you like your rice topped with crispy garlic, well, this RC is your jam.

Still not convinced? Then talk to to this guy.

We’re combining worlds here and hosting the SOME DAYS beer group, which many of you are a part of, so there will be plenty of world class beers brought that need dranking. We’ll also be coming back to our place (5 minute drive) to continue the beer nerdery and you’re invited!

One of their “things” is called a Boodle Fight, where the entire table is covered in banana leaves and food and the group goes to town on about 10 different items for $25 a person, so if that’s something you’re into, please let me know by Wednesday at 7pm as that’s the deadline for ordering. I can still take RSVP’s up until Thursday at noon.

Bacolod Chicken Haus

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